Master of Science in Justice Studies

Master of Science in Justice Studies

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Further your knowledge of the law, criminology, and victimology with Campbellsville University’s online Master of Science in Justice Studies.

Find new opportunities in the field of criminal justice with a curriculum rooted in ethical, Christian teaching practices and an emphasis on social justice issues, taught by faculty members with practical field experience. Choose from tracks in either criminology or Leadership in Social Justice, so you can specialize your education to fit your career goals. At Campbellsville, you will learn the skills you need to advance your career within criminal justice and how to apply your knowledge of the law to the real world.

Courses Offered at:
  • All Locations
  • Louisville
  • Online

Master of Science in Justice Studies Degrees


Course Offerings

Program is 36 hours with two academic tracks: Track I: Criminology (w/thesis component); Track II: Leadership in Social Justice.

Core Curriculum (15 credit hours)
CJ 500 – Leadership in a Diverse Society
CJ 505 – Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Organizations
CJ 525 – Social Stratification
CJ 544 – Introduction to Graduate Statistics
CJ 562 – Research Methods

Track I: Criminology (18 credit hours)
CJ 520 – Contemporary Issues in Criminology (topics will rotate)
CJ 530 – Advanced Criminological Theory
CJ 600 – Applied Thesis I
CJ 601 – Applied Thesis II
CJ 622 – Research Methods for Community Change
CJ 635 – Law and Society

Track II: Leadership in Social Justice (18 credit hours)
CJ/SOC 542 – Race and Ethnic Relations
CJ 518 – Criminal Justice in a Diverse Society
CJ 521 – Theories of Community and Social Change
CJ 575 – Advanced Correctional Theory and Practice
CJ 610– Choose Thesis I and II
CJ 611– Program Evaluation I and II (6 hours)

Electives (3 credit hours)
BA 617 – Organizational Leadership
BA 614 – Human Resources
CJ 605 – Introduction to Program Evaluation
BA 620 – Finance Management
CJ 550 – Victimology
CJ 585 – Serial Killers
CJ 620 – Seminar in Criminal Justice
CJ 625 – Policing and Immigration
CJ 630 – Crime Control and Environmental Design
SWK 615 – World Problems and Advocacy

Real-World Preparation

Through our online justice studies program, you will develop a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of criminal and social justice. There are a number of benefits students receive from the quality instruction Campbellsville University offers, including:

  • Online format and also hybrid at the Louisville Education Center
  • Tracks available in Criminology or Leadership in Social Justice
  • Competitive, affordable tuition
  • Instruction from faculty with real-world experience

How to Apply

The Campbellsville University admissions program is simple and straightforward. Follow these steps to begin your journey:

  1. Submit a completed application.
  2. Submit an official transcript (containing a complete record of all courses attempted) from each college or university attended.
  3. If GPA is lower than 2.75, GRE and/or interview may be required.
  4. Submit letter of intent indicating reason for applying and future goals.
  5. 2 letters of reference with one being an academic reference

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Careers in Justice Studies

  • Lawyer and Judge
  • Police Officer
  • Private Detective or Investigator
  • Agent in the CIA, FBI, ICE, Secret Service
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Bailiff
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Blood Spatter Analyst
  • Forensics Investigator
  • Correctional Officer
  • Probation Officer
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